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CARDI B AND OFFSET TALK HOW THEY MANAGE MARRIAGE, MUSIC AND MONEY MOVES, FAMILY AND HOW SECURITY ALWAYS COMES FIRST
The first time I meet Cardi B and Offset, it’s during Art Basel. We’re in a cabana atop Pharrell Williams’s Goodtime Hotel in Miami Beach for the launch of Cardi’s newest business venture, Whipshots. I make small talk while hoping to close the deal on the ESSENCE cover offer we extended a month prior. As Cardi lets Offset in on the news that we want to feature their family as the stars of our anniversary issue, he replies with a smile and a casual “Let’s do it.”
It will be just shy of three months before I see the couple again. Cover locked in, they graciously allow me into their Beverly Hills home for a joint interview. Standing on their doorstep, I admire the spiral staircase I can see through the large window in the entryway. I recognize it from a picture on Cardi’s Instagram. Moments later I’m sitting on a brown sectional across from Cardi herself, in the family room of the luxurious multilevel home, my voice recorder and a laundry list of questions queued up. But Offset isn’t there. He’s somewhere boarding a plane to do a show. “Before this interview, I hadn’t seen her in like seven days,” the Migos rapper tells me five days later, when we all finally reunite in their sprawling New Jersey mansion. Exhausted from trying to keep up with their ever-changing schedule for just a few weeks, I wonder how they do it.